2021 marks the 10th anniversary of the opening of our Interpretive Center on Lower Thames Street, shown above.
June 11, 2011 was a much-anticipated opening day, after a number of years of fundraising and planning. We remember that special day as we celebrate another milestone – our 6,000th visitor!
On Sunday, October 24, 2021, while longtime volunteer docents Rosemary and Richard Danforth were on duty, the 5,999 and 6,000 visitors to the Interpretive Center crossed the threshold.
Rosemary and Richard were prepared for the momentous occasion, and presented our 6,000th visitor, Janice Greenwood of Wrentham, Massachusetts, with a certificate and gifts, including homemade Irish soda bread, a bottle of wine, and a complimentary 1-year membership in the Museum. As can be seen in the below photo, Janice and her husband, Mike Kelly, were clearly delighted.
Congratulations and Welcome, Janice!
Photo by Rosemary Danforth, Interpretive Center Docent and Museum Life Member.
The Interpretive Center closed for the 2021 Season on October 31, but we are always happy to open for private tours with advance notice. Please email us at NewportIrishHistory@gmail.com to arrange a private visit in the off-season, and Interpretive Center Manager, Steve Marino, will get back to you to arrange.
HISTORIC IRISH CEMETERY UPDATE
As we shared in our September 27 e-newsletter, a new historical informational sign was dedicated at the Barney Street Cemetery on September 18. The sign was made possible through the generosity of the Lepley Family in memory of Museum board member, Steve Lepley. If you missed the article, please click the below green button and take a moment to read this important news and enjoy photos of that day.
We are grateful to the following publications for sharing news of the September 18 dedication with the community at-large:
Newport Daily News, WhatsUpNewp, Newport This Week,
In other cemetery news, on Thursday, October 28 at 5pm, a team of Museum member-volunteers assembled at the site, under the direction of our Cemetery Committee Chair, Jack McCormack, for a work session focused on eradicating the weeds which have emerged since our last work session. This special place looks pristine once again. Thank you to this month’s volunteers:
Larry Bartley, Mary Ellen Bronson, Christopher Jones, Winkle Kelley,
Ann Arnold May, Bonnie Slein, Mike Slein
Another work session will be scheduled after the trees have shed their leaves, to rake and prepare this beautiful and historic site for the winter. If you are interested in being added to Jack’s distribution list for these volunteer opportunities, please email: NewportIrishHistory@gmail.com
The cemetery in June 2020, from our 5-minute ‘virtual tour” video. Click the photo to view the video.
The tall cross with a the Celtic seal carving is prominent in the above photo. To learn about this cross and its restoration, read this article from the August 13, 1998 Providence Journal
A COMMENTARY OF INTEREST FROM THE PROVIDENCE JOURNAL
Members will find guest columnist Scott Molloy’s commentary in Sunday’s Providence Journal, “An Irish patriot who made a great escape,” of interest.
Click the below buttons to access this column regarding James McNally Wilson and written in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of Wilson’s death.
Dr. Scott Molloy is Professor Emeritus at the University of R.I., a past Crowley Lecture guest speaker, and longtime member of the Museum.
The gravesite of James McNally Wilson, an Irish revolutionary who escaped from an
Australian prison in 1876 and spent the rest of his life in Pawtucket, R.I.
(photo by Kris Craig, courtesy of the Providence Journal).
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